After our trip to Northumberland we headed down to Bolton for some family time. I managed to get to Pennington Flash a Country Park between Leigh and Wigan. I spent most of the time in the Bunting Hide at the feeding station and got excellent views of a water rail. Having left the camera in the house the water rail photos were taken with an iPod, hence the poor quality, but it is a water rail. There were up to 8 moorhens around the feeders and suddenly I am looking at this bird and saying to myself, “Hang on, that’s not a moorhen?” A quick look with the binoculars and I realised there is a water rail wandering round the area. Watched it for a good five minutes and it was one of the best views I have ever had. Normally you only see them when the frozen conditions push them into the open.
|That's not a moorhen|
|That's a water rail|
As well as the rail I had good views of GSW, stock dove and bullfinch.
|About 2 metres from the hide|
|One of eight stock doves|
|GSW on the bottom of the nut feeder (should really get a better camera)|
I managed 39 species in just under two hours but only added the water rail to the 2016 list. All this as well as hearing a tawny owl from the bedroom window about 0430
116 Tawny owl
117 Water rail